Implant Dentures – Phoenix, AZ
A Stable, Permanent Solution to Tooth Loss
Tooth loss is more common than you may think! Approximately 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth while 40 million are missing all of their teeth. Traditional dentures are an excellent solution for many people, but they have some downsides. Fortunately, dentures can be paired with dental implants to provide a stable, more permanent solution to tooth loss. At Bell Road Dental Care of Phoenix, we are trained to place and restore dental implants in-house, making the process much more convenient. To learn more or get started, give us a call !
What Are Implant Dentures?
When you get traditional dentures, they rely on the shape and suction of your mouth to stay in place. Implant dentures work a bit differently. They are supported by small, screwlike posts that are surgically inserted into the jawbone for a strong foundation. This helps to ensure that your new smile is stable and long-lasting. There are two different types of implant dentures. During your consultation with us, we can discuss which of the following options is ideal for you.
Fixed/Permanent Implant Dentures
A fixed implant denture is designed to stay in place at all times and can only be removed by a dentist. In most cases, four to six strategically placed and positioned dental implants are placed to hold a permanent denture. This is preferred by many patients because it feels more natural. For this type of denture, it is crucial that you have sufficient jawbone.
Removable Implant Dentures
Removable dentures, also known as “snap-on” dentures, are also held in place using dental implants. However, they use clips or ball sockets to attach to them. This way, patients are able to remove their dentures as needed. This type of implant denture needs to be removed throughout the day for cleaning, and they only require two to five dental implants to be successful.
The Implant Denture Procedure
During your initial consultation, we will determine if you are a good candidate for implant dentures. Then we will proceed to make a treatment plan that meets your needs. In some cases, preparatory procedures are required before you can get dental implants to increase your likelihood of success.
We will surgically insert the dental implants into your jawbone. After the procedure, your implants will fuse to the surrounding bone tissue in a process called osseointegration. This can take up to six months. Next, we will place metal connectors called “abutments” on them. We will design your final denture according to your needs and use the abutments to secure it into place.
Am I a Candidate for Implant Dentures?
Most adults who are in good health make good candidates for implant dentures. During your consultation with us, we will review your individual needs and explain what your options are. To make a good candidate, it’s important that you:
- Are in good enough health to undergo minor surgery
- Don’t have any existing oral health issues, including cavities and gum disease
- Are able to maintain excellent oral hygiene
- Have sufficient jawbone density
Benefits of Combining Dentures & Dental Implants
Implant dentures provide patients with all sorts of additional benefits that you can’t get from traditional dentures. Here are just some of the ones you can expect:
- Lasts for many decades
- Prevents bone loss
- Restores bite force
- Feels comfortable
- Natural appearance